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60. Letter by E.A. Preobrazhensky to V.I. Lenin with a Proposal to Change Tactics in Relation to the Don Cossacks, August 1919

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This chapter describes a letter by E.A. Preobrazhensky to V.I. Lenin with a Proposal to Change Tactics in Relation to the Don Cossacks. First of all, Preobrazhensky asks Lenin to read the attached letter from the Kursk front. It partly explains why they were beaten despite having twice as many forces at their disposal as Denikin. Secondly, he would like to say a few words concerning their military operations against the Don Cossacks. His proposal for taking a strong but defensive position along the line of the Don may have an enormously disintegrating influence on the Cossacks. This can be seen eloquently in the history of Krasnov's liquidation, when the mobilised Cossacks either scattered or came over to them in the hope of an end to the War.

Keywords:Don Cossacks; E.A. Preobrazhensky; military operations; V.I. Lenin

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